By: Ashtyn Davis 

Abstract: What should be done about big tech? The problem that everyone is talking about, yet no one has an adequate solution for. Over the past decade, the commodification of user data on sites like Facebook has created a commodity worth more than oil: your search history. Worldwide, lawmakers have repeatedly contemplated what level of regulatory oversight, if any, is necessary to protect user’s data online. This past summer, a groundbreaking decision came out of Germany’s top court, the court used the country’s competition laws to regulate big tech’s use of users’ data. The decision could encourage other countries to bring additional antitrust enforcement actions against Facebook. By using the German court’s decision as a framework for their own antitrust action, countries across the globe could follow Germany’s lead and take steps to protect their citizen’s online privacy.

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